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The Douglass Theatre is a historic theater used for live performances and motion pictures in downtown Macon, Georgia. It was designed by J. Reginald MacEachron (who was also a composer). It is now operated by the City of Macon and is available to be rented out for a variety of public and private events. The theater underwent was renovated in 1997 to include an annex housing dressing rooms, a green room, a warming kitchen and a meeting space and art display area.
The theatre is named for its founder Charles Henry Douglass, 1870 - 1940, an African American entrepreneur who was an established theater developer well versed in the vaudeville and entertainment business. According the Douglass Theatres website, the Douglass was a part of TOBA ((Theater Owners Bookers Association) - a chain of 40 theaters that served as an agency for many African American artists and performers.
The theatre remained in operation until 1970s when it closed its doors. It was dormant for many years before being saved from the "wrecking ball" in 1990s by a community group which became the non-profit "Friends of the Douglass Theatre". A major renovation added central heating and air throughout the complex. State of the art stage lighting, sound and cinema equipment (including 35mm and 70 mm film formats with digital surround sound) were also added. New seating was installed and a portion of the first level was converted to an entrance lobby and waiting area to the annex area.
An early artist's rendering of the annex shows a three story building, however the annex is a single story structure.
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- "UGA Libraries News & Events » History of Macon’s Douglass Theatre online". Libs.uga.edu. Retrieved 2008-11-20.